Oil paintings : works, use and techniques ...
08 mai 2008

Nouvelles d'Edale / News from Edale

"Last Look at Edale (Peak District) / Dernier Regard sur Edale (Peak District)". Oil on canvas, work in progress / Huile sur toile, travail en cours. 50 x 60 cm. 2008. Toute reproduction, totale ou partielle, strictement interdite. Any (total or partial) reproduction of this picture is strictly forbidden J'ai pensé que mes lecteurs apprécieraient de lire quelques nouvelles de "Dernier Regard sur Edale" (vous remarquerez aussi que le titre a lui aussi changé). A l'aide de Blanc de Zinc, d'Outremer et de Bleu... [Lire la suite]
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25 mars 2008

Glazing tips / Le glacis en pratique

Glazing requires patience and persistence to master. The artist cannot hope to see his work immediately completed. He has to wait, to add more and more transparent layers on top of dry areas. This painting-process seems fastidious but the result is often far more than you hoped for (please read this previous article : "Glazing : an introduction"). Though the impact of glazing also depends on the painter's sensibility, putting this method into practice is not that easy. Here are useful tips to follow : Build your tones... [Lire la suite]
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08 mars 2008

Glazing / Le glacis : introduction

A glaze is a layer of paint, thinned with a specific medium, so as to become somewhat transparent. It is applied over another dry layer of colour. Each new glaze will tint or modify the previous layers, following the elementary rules of light reflection : the light travels through all the transparent coloured glazes, bounces off the canvas and finally reflects back at the viewer. Then, the viewer's eyes "mix" the different layers to "see" an unique colour. The benefit of glazing is that this technique takes full... [Lire la suite]
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08 novembre 2007

First colours for Edale / Premiers jeux de couleurs pour Edale

On 6th September, I showed you the sketch of a future oil painting : "Memories of Edale". Here is the result of the first steps of my work. I use the "fat over lean" technique. The sky is, at first, a blue wash. The drying takes one or two weeks and then, the canvas is ready for another layer of painting ... A deeper blue hue and white glazes are successively added. To depict the valley, the first coat of paint is thinned and applied like a watercolour wash, it covers the valley with green and ochre shades but... [Lire la suite]
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06 novembre 2007

About oils / A propos d'huiles ...

Oil painting is a painting process that binds pigments with medium of drying oil, especially linseed and poppyseed oils, in order to obtain a more or less heavy body. A basic rule is to paint fat over lean. This means that each additional layer of paint has to be oilier than the layer below, to allow proper drying. If not, the final painting risks to crack and peel. Each organic oil gives specific properties to the painting. This way, the yellowing of colours may vary if the painter uses linseed oil or stafflower oil, for example.... [Lire la suite]
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06 septembre 2007

Memories of Edale / Souvenirs d'Edale

Here is the final sketch for my next oil painting. I always use linen canvas because it has a finer and smoother texture than cotton. The canvas was first primed with three fine coats of Gesso. Gessoing the support allows me to paint on a smoother surface and its whiteness makes the colours look more vivid and brighter. The background depicts the Edale Valley. Edale is a small Northern Derbyshire village located in the Peak District (Midlands, England). The village is surrounded by hills : the plateau of Kinder Scout to the north,... [Lire la suite]
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02 septembre 2007

Using Gesso / Utiliser le Gesso

Gesso (the Italian word for chalk) is an initial coat used to prime the artists canvas (made of linen and/or cotton), wood, plywood, hardboard, cardboard, ... It is also used on alkaline surfaces (new walls and concrete). Originally, Gesso (Zinc and Meudon White) was mixed with animal glue, usually rabbit-skin glue, and water to use as an absorbent primer coat for oil and tempera paintings. Pre-gessoed canvases can be obtained commercially but, if you are looking for a smooth effect, then to apply Gesso may be useful. A smooth... [Lire la suite]
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